Ole Miss snaps Sunday losing skid|College baseball

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 19, 2010

Ole Miss’ long Sunday nightmare is over.

David Phillips’ solo home run in the top of the seventh inning put Ole Miss ahead for good, and relievers Matt Tracy and Brett Huber combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings as the Rebels beat South Carolina 5-4.

Ole Miss (24-13, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) snapped its six-game losing streak on Sundays. It had not won a Sunday game since beating Oakland on Feb. 28.

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“It was a gutsy performance today by both teams,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said. “We were able to get some key hits and key pitches and made some big plays. We also were able to put together the big inning in the fifth.”

Ole Miss scored four runs in the top of the fifth to grab a 4-2 lead on Matt Smith’s two-run home run. South Carolina (28-8, 11-4) answered, though, tying it on Jeffery Jones’ two-run double in the bottom of the inning.

Phillips then hit the first pitch in the top of the seventh over the right field wall to give Ole Miss a 5-4 lead.

Tracy and Huber did the rest. Tracy relieved starter David Goforth with two on and one out in the fifth inning. Tracy got out of that jam without further damage and allowed only one hit and one walk over the next three innings. Huber pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season.

“David Goforth really gutted it out and really gave us a chance to win on Sunday. Matt Tracy did well for us in relief and Brett Huber really looked sharp in the ninth,” Bianco said.